John Tyler House (Branford, Connecticut)

The John Tyler House is a historic house at 242–250 East Main Street in Branford, Connecticut. Built about 1710, it is one of the town's few surviving 18th-century residences, and a good example of late First Period architecture. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]

John Tyler House
Photograph of the John Tyler House, a two-story wooden house
The John Tyler House in 2015
John Tyler House (Branford, Connecticut) is located in Connecticut
John Tyler House (Branford, Connecticut)
John Tyler House (Branford, Connecticut) is located in the United States
John Tyler House (Branford, Connecticut)
Location242-250 E. Main St., Branford, Connecticut
Coordinates41°17′29″N 72°47′46″W / 41.291362°N 72.796010°W / 41.291362; -72.796010
Area0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built1710 (1710)
Built byTyler, John, Jr.
Architectural styleColonial
MPSColonial Houses of Branford TR
NRHP reference No.88002635[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 1, 1988

Description and history


The John Tyler House stands in eastern Branford, at the northwest corner of East Main Street (United States Route 1) and Mill Plain Road. It is a 2+12-story wood-frame structure, five bays wide, with a side gable roof, a large central chimney, and clapboard siding. The main roof is more steeply pitched than typical period houses, and gives way at the back to a rear leanto section, added at an unknown (but probably 18th century) date. A more modern extension has further elevated the rear leanto. The front facade has sash windows arranged symmetrically around the center entrance, which is sheltered by a shed-roof portico supported by square columns. A modern single-story hip-roof ell extends to the right of the main block, and a smaller shed-roof ell further extends the leanto to the rear. The interior follows a typical period center-chimney plan, with parlors on either side of the chimney, and a long kitchen space behind.[2]

The house is estimated to have been built about 1710 by John Tyler, Jr. on land originally granted to his father George. It is one of Branford's small number of 18th-century houses, and a well-preserved example of houses of that period.[2]

See also



  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for John Tyler House". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-01-25.